Spanish bakery investigated after severed arm accident

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A workers’ union in Spain is expected to sue an industrial bakery which has been accused of barbaric behaviour towards an illegal worker.

The move comes after shock reports that a Bolivian worker who had lost his arm in a work accident was left 100m from a hospital and his severed arm was thrown in a rubbish bin.

The Workers Commissions (CCOO) said in a statement on Wednesday that the arm of Franns Rilles was amputated in a kneading machine on May 28. By the time the severed arm was recovered, it was too late to re-attach it, according to media reports.

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Rilles, 33, allegedly worked 12-hour days at the Rovira bakery in the eastern Valencia region. According to the union, he had worked under no contract for around 18 months, and was earning €23 a day.

A case has been lodged against the bakery, and police are reportedly investigating allegations of mistreatment.

Work Immigration Minister Celestino Corbacho said yesterday that the bakery would “face the full weight of the law” ​if allegations are substantiated, according to a report in the BBC.

Reports claim that the bakery has been shut down and its bosses have been detained.

Rilles, who is recovering in hospital, may be granted temporary residency in Spain on exceptional humanitarian grounds, according to Spain's El Pais​ newpaper.

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